Ignoring the fact that a Minnesota canvassing board has still not announced its decision, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer declared Sunday that Al Franken has won the Minnesota Senate recount against Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
“With the Minnesota recount complete, it is now clear that Al Franken won the election. The Canvassing Board will meet tomorrow to wrap up its work and certify him the winner, and while there are still possible legal issues that will run their course, there is no longer any doubt who will be the next Senator from Minnesota,” Schumer said in a statement reported by Politico.
Franken currently leads Coleman by 225 votes but Minnesota’s Canvassing Board is not scheduled to declare a winner until tomorrow. Meanwhile, Coleman’s campaign has filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court requesting that over 600 absentee ballots be added to the count that it believes were unfairly rejected.
Coleman argues that some ballots were counted twice during the recount. Republican Senate leaders are backing him on this allegation, too. If Coleman’s campaign contests the results, Franken would not be certified as the official winner until all the legal challenges are resolved.
Sen. John Cornyn, the incoming chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has said Republicans will block seating Franken in the Senate until a winner has been officially certified.
But Schumer, D-NY, the outgoing chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, seems to be dismissing the feelings of his Senate colleagues.
“With the Senate set to begin meeting on Tuesday to address the important issues facing the nation, it is crucial that Minnesota’s seat not remain empty, and I hope this process will resolve itself as soon as possible,” Schumer told Politico.
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